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Jacques Gorus Belgische kunstenaar

Gorus Jaak

Jacques (Jaak) Gorus was a Belgian artist, born in Sint-Gillis/Dendermonde in 1901 and died in Antwerp in 1981. He was a painter, watercolourist, lava artist and graphic artist. He was educated at the Academy in Ghent under the supervision of J. Delvin (1941-1919) and at the Higher Institute in Antwerp under the direction of Pellens, J. De Bruycker and Is. Opsomer (1925). He stayed in Ostend in 1919 and regularly met Ensor and Spilliaert. He settled in Antwerp in 1920 and made his debut with impressionistic mood images of the Antwerp harbor district. He also found inspiration in genre scenes with characters, (Antwerp) cityscapes, folk types, dock workers, street daisies, sailors and drunkards. He gained fame as an etcher and published several series of etchings with Antwerp as the sole subject. In 1929 he traveled to New York, in 1955 to Paris and Spain. He illustrated works by M. De Ghelderode, E. Verhaeren, K. Van De Woestijne, G. Duhamel and G. De Maupassant, among others. He was a teacher at the Academy in Antwerp from 1946 to 1968. We can find his work in the Museum and Print Room in Antwerp, among other places. He is mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (piron)